The wiki that was...

Ākina te Reo was the theme for 2016 Te wiki o te Reo Māori. It was a week of Mauri ora, positive vibes and having a go with our Reo. We thought it was mīharo (awesome) to be part of something everyone in Aotearoa seemed to be celebrating. We had some hard case confusion around deciphering the weather reports everynight. We heard some intimate shared stories of struggle and triumph from prominent Reo Māori Pou (Māori language leaders). We had heaps of fun using the reo out on the sports field cheering on our tamariki and it all felt ka pai.

Kia kaha e hoa ma! Lets go team!

Kirsten and I were honoured to be asked along to present at a couple of Te wiki celebrations. I practised my pakiwaitara (stories) for the tamariki in Ōtautahi while Kirsten mesmerised whānau in Ōtepoti with her winning waiata.

E hika! After attending many Wā kōrero in this special place I was honoured to be the kaikōrero for Te wiki o te Reo Māori at New Brighton Library. Tama sat right up the front and heckled me all the way! Tautoko!

Ka mau! Kirsten made the papers with her performance at Te kete wānanga o Ōtepoti.

There is no audience tougher than 30 or so under 5's! Thanks Alpha Learning Centre hope you enjoy those pukapuka!

Wish it was te wiki all the tāima? Us too. We were inspired by our Reo Māori community and what others do to whakamana (revitalise) the reo on the daily in their lives and with their whānau. Here are some of our favourite inspirational resources found last week for Te wiki o te Rēo Māori!

A pono report on how its done (give it a go and learn from mistakes) by Julian Wilcox

10 tips to keep the Reo going in your home-By the nēnene (funny Nadine Miller)

Ngā pikitia ka wani kē-Flash cards and household images to stick errwhere! From the kings of tautoko-Lets learn Māori

Phrases to whakamana te mīharo (spread the wonder!)